A Google a Day
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A Google a Day

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IT'S TUESDAY, APRIL 12. I'M NATALI MORRIS, AND IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED. [*] AMAZON HAS SLASHED THE PRICE OF THE WI-FI ONLY KINDLE TO $114 BUT ONLY IF YOU AGREE TO AN AD-SUPPORTED MODEL. YOU CAN STILL BY THE NON- AD-SUPPORTED ONE FOR $139 BUT IF YOU WANT TO SAVE $25 YOU CAN BUY ONE THAT WILL ADVERTISE TO YOU EVERY SO OFTEN. THIS MODEL IS CALLED INTRUSIVE. I'M JUST WONDERING WHY YOU ONLY GET A $25 DEAL FOR THIS. COULD THEY SPARE IT? [*] TO FIND THE ANSWERS. THIS IS KIND OF FUN. A GOOGLE A DAY IS A SITE THAT SEARCHING. THE QUESTIONS WILL BE FEATURED ON A-GOOGLE-A-DAY-DOT-COM PUZZLE. THE ANSWERS WILL BE REVEALED THE FOLLOWING DAY. [*] THE WINKLEVOSS TWINS HAS COME TO AN END. THE TWINS SUED ZUCKERBERG FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING THEIR IDEA FOR CREATING THE SITE. NOW A COURT HAS RULED THEY HAVE TO SHUT UP ALREADY AND ACCEPT A SETTLEMENT. DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR THEM THOUGH. THE SETTLEMENT IS FOR $65 MILLION. [*] GOOGLE IS GOING TO INVEST $168 MILLION IN AN ALTERNATIVE POWER PROJECT. THE PROJECT COMES FROM A COMPANY CALLED BRIGHT-SOURCE ENERGY. IT INVOLVES BUILDING A SOLAR POWER PLANT IN THE MOJAVE DESERT IN 2013. GOOGLE IS NOT THE ONLY FINANCIAL BACKER OF THIS PROJECT. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HAS ALSO LOANED $1.8 BILLION TO THE EFFORT. [*] REQUIRE SALES TAX ON ALL ONLINE SHOPPING. THIS IS SOMETHING WE COULD SEE PROPOSED AFTER TAX DAY. DEMOCRATIC SENATOR DICK DURBIN PLANS TO LIKE AMAZON AND OVERSTOCK. RIGHT NOW, YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY SALES TAX IF YOU BUY FROM AN OUT-OF-STATE VENDOR. DURBIN SAYS THAT THIS GIVES ONLINE RETAILERS AN "UNFAIR ADVANTAGE" OVER BRICK AND MORTER RETAILERS. [*] SONY INTRODUCED TWO NEW OLED MONITORS. THEY AREN'T CHEAP BUT THEY SOLD FOR BETWEEN 16 AND 29-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE NEW LINE UP INCLUDES A 25-INCH MODEL FOR $7,400 AND A 17-INCH MODEL FOR $4,900. THEY ARE EXPECTED OUT IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS YEAR. [*] THAT'S YOUR NEWS OF THE DAY. I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW. I'M NATALI MORRIS WITH CNET AND YOU'VE JUST BEEN LOADED.

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